Fri Aug 04 12:45:38 UTC 2017
Taktshang it means tiger nest tak (Tiger) and tshang (nest or lair). It's history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. According to the legend, the cave was named Taktshang after the Guru is said to flown here from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tigress. Guru Rinpoche then manifested into a warthful form Known as Guru Dorji Drolo to subdue the demons. And also many Buddhist masters also spent time here in meditation. In 1692 the fourth Druk Desi (region) Tenzin Rabgye laid the foundations of the Taktshang Monastery and the construction began on the 10th day of the water Monkey year. The two storied monastery was finally completed after three years corresponding to the Wood Dog Year in 1694. During the time of second king Jigme Wangchuk In 1951 the monastery was burn down by the fire, which was started accidentally by a woman while preparing her land for the next crop and burning the old stalks, the fire became uncontrollable and in the process reached Taktshang. king ordered the entire population of Tsento village to rebuild the four temples of Taktshang as they did not help in controlling the fire. Next huge fire , probably caused by butter lamp destroyed the temple almost completely on Sunday night 19 April 1998. In 2000 with funds received from outside donors and also with the help of locals people in Paro district the government undertook the reconstruction. The monastery was recreated to it's original splendor.
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